If you’ve been injured in a Clearwater pedestrian accident, you shouldn’t have to absorb the costs of your medical bills and related losses.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers has represented injured pedestrians in Clearwater, FL, for over 65 years. We are the first and oldest personal injury firm in Tampa Bay.
We’ve seen every kind of injury, and we’ve recovered all types of compensations for our injured clients—hundreds of millions of dollars and counting.
If you or a family member were injured in a pedestrian accident, our elite Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyer can help get the compensation you deserve. Call our Clearwater law office today at (727) 796-8282 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about our practice areas.
How Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Can Help After a Pedestrian Accident in Clearwater, Florida
If you were injured while walking in Clearwater, you may be entitled to compensation. The at-fault driver’s insurance company will do everything in their power to limit their liability, including minimizing your injuries or even blaming you for the accident. But if you hire Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, they’ll think twice about using these underhanded tactics.
Insurance companies and defense lawyers know that we’re the oldest personal injury firm in Tampa Bay. They know that our lawyers have more than 300 years of combined experience. They know that our lawyers have received recognition as “Super Lawyers,” “Rising Stars,” and “Top Lawyers.” They know they won’t be able to pull a fast one or offer you an insignificant settlement amount.
Why? Because our Clearwater personal injury lawyers will:
- Offer you award-winning legal advice at every stage of your claim
- Conduct our own investigation into your accident to gather evidence
- Identify liable parties and responsive insurance policies
- Calculate every penny of your damages
- Bring in Tampa Bay’s top experts to help strengthen your case
- Insist on a fair settlement for your injuries
- Take the at-fault party or their insurers to court if they won’t offer fair compensation
This approach has enabled us to thrive for over six decades—and recover hundreds of millions for injured clients. Let us put our skills and experience to work for you. Contact Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes today for a free case evaluation with a Clearwater personal injury attorney.
How Common Are Pedestrian Accidents in Clearwater, FL?
Clearwater has beautiful beaches and a terrific downtown; each is the pride of our pedestrians. However, our city can be incredibly dangerous for individuals traveling on foot. In fact, Florida is the deadliest state for pedestrians. Clearwater and surrounding towns in Pinellas County are among the most dangerous parts of the state.
In 2020, there were a total of 438 pedestrian accidents in Pinellas County. At least 32 of those collisions were fatal. This was during a year plagued by a worldwide pandemic, too. The year before, there were 572 pedestrian accidents in and around Clearwater – including 42 that were fatal.
That’s an average of more than one pedestrian accident a day (and about one fatal pedestrian crash once every eight days).
What is My Pedestrian Accident Case Worth?
The value of your pedestrian accident claim will depend on a range of factors. Any estimate of your damages without a careful investigation of your case would only be speculation.
The value of your case will depend on:
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether you lost wages
- Whether you suffered a permanent disability or impairment
- Whether you contributed to your accident
- And other factors
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, we have a track record of securing life-changing compensation for injured pedestrians like yourself. The best way to determine your claim’s value is by scheduling a free consultation with one of our award-winning personal injury attorneys in Clearwater.
What Kinds of Damages Are Available to Pedestrian Accident Victims in Clearwater, Florida?
Generally, pedestrian accident victims are entitled to compensation for their economic and non-economic damages related to their injuries.
Economic damages make up for your financial losses after the accident and include:
- Current and future medical expenses to treat your injuries
- Lost wages for the time you missed work during your recovery
- Diminished earning capacity if you can no longer perform the same job
- Property Damage
- And more
You can typically prove these damages with documentation such as receipts or paystubs. Expert testimony may be required to prove your future losses connected to your injuries.
Non-economic damages compensate for personal, non-financial losses caused by your accident, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Inconvenience or embarrassment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These damages do not have a clear financial value and are therefore harder to prove. However, they can make up a substantial portion of your damage claim. Survivors of a fatal accident victim may be entitled to different damages through a wrongful death claim.
Our Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyers use specialized methods to determine how much compensation you deserve for your losses. We often work with Tampa Bay’s leading medical and economic experts for help. We don’t leave anything on the table as we pursue the money you deserve after your accident.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
You can recover damages even if you are partially at fault for an accident. In fact, Florida’s comparative fault law allows you to pursue compensation even if you are 99% at fault for your accident. However, these rules reduce your compensation to account for your share of blame.
How does this work? Say you have $100,000 in damages after your pedestrian accident. However, a jury finds you were 30% responsible for your accident for walking outside of the crosswalk. In this case, you can only recover $70,000 (70% of your damages) given your percentage of responsibility.
At-fault parties and their insurers try to use this rule to limit their payouts. Our Clearwater pedestrian accident attorneys don’t let them get away with it. Contact Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes today if you’re being blamed for your accident.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
Pedestrians tend to suffer severe injuries when a car strikes them. This is because they absorb the full force of a vehicle’s steel frame with nothing to protect their bodies. That’s why pedestrian injuries are often catastrophic.
Common pedestrian accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injuries to internal organs
- Wrongful death
We can’t undo the pain and difficulties your injuries may cause you. However, we pursue maximum compensation for each one of your injuries. This compensation can get you the treatment you need and help you move forward with your life.
What Causes Most Pedestrian Accidents in Clearwater, Florida?
Some pedestrian accidents occur due to distracted or negligent pedestrians. However, pedestrians are often injured in Clearwater as a result of others’ negligence.
Common causes of Clearwater pedestrian accidents, car accidents, and auto accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Intoxicated driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Drowsy driving
- Driving without headlights on in dark conditions
Sometimes pedestrian accidents even result from the negligence of parties not directly involved in said accidents. For example, you might be injured if a driver’s brakes fail. The party that overlooked the defect which caused the brake failure would technically be liable in these circumstances.
It’s not always easy to determine who’s responsible for compensating you after an accident. The dedicated professionals at our Clearwater personal injury firm will identify all liable parties and hold them responsible for every cent of your damages.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
To recover compensation after an accident, you must prove that another party was negligent.
To prove negligence, you must show:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- The party breached their duty of care
- The breach caused your injuries
- You suffered damages
Drivers owe others a duty of care to drive responsibly and obey traffic laws. If a driver hit you due to negligence, we know how to prove it.
We’ll show the defendant was negligent by evidence such as:
- Dash cam or video surveillance footage
- Police reports and citations
- Your medical records
- Eyewitness testimony
- Expert testimony from accident reconstructionist, medical experts, or economic specialist
Our law offices will leverage their six decades of experience to get you the money you deserve after an accident. Don’t leave your claim up to chance. Call the oldest personal injury law firm in Clearwater for help with your claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Pedestrian Accident in Florida?
You don’t have an unlimited amount of time to file your pedestrian accident lawsuit. In fact, Florida’s statute of limitations only gives you four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If the accident was fatal, you only have two years to file a wrongful death claim.
These deadlines are harsh. If you miss them, you’ll waive your rights to compensation. These time limits could be longer or shorter if the injury victim was a child or you are suing a government entity.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will monitor all filing deadlines in your case. We won’t let you lose your right to compensation due to a technicality. Contact us today to learn more.
Contact Our Clearwater Pedestrian Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation
You deserve effective representation if you’ve been injured in an accident resulting from someone else’s negligence. Don’t shoulder the burden of an injury claim alone. Our Clearwater pedestrian accident lawyers are standing by to help.
Contact Caulfield, Avril & Noyes today to schedule a free consultation with our award-winning legal team. We serve all of Tampa Bay, including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey, and Tampa.